Tuesday, 11 June 2013 16:43
Two Townsville organisations will receive nearly $100,000 to fund new projects that address social cohesion issues.
Queensland Senator Jan McLucas said Townsville Intercultural Centre Ltd and Townsville Multicultural Support Group Inc were successful for funding under the Gillard Labor Government’s Diversity and Social Cohesion Program (DSCP).
Senator McLucas said Townsville Intercultural Centre Ltd would use its $50,000 grant to hold community and school workshops where refugees and migrants can share stories of their experiences with the broader Townsville community.
“The project is called Project Gratitude because they see this as a way of thanking the many Aussies who have welcomed them and helped them enjoy positive experiences in their new home country,” Senator McLucas said.
“The workshops will focus on positive responses to racism and help create an Australian identity without compromising on cultural or religious background and beliefs.”
Townsville Multicultural Support Group’s “Many cultures, one community” project will receive $48,500 to help connect migrant and refugee communities from Africa and Asia and Aboriginal and Torres Island communities.
“The group encourages inter-community dialogue, support networks, and the development of strategies to address intolerance and discriminate,” Senator McLucas said.
“I applaud the group’s vision to promote racial harmony and improve communication and interaction between these communities in Townsville.”
She said the DSCP aimed to strengthen social cohesion in the Australian community with a strong emphasis on addressing racial intolerance.
“A range of innovative projects are being funded this year to help make a real difference to the lives of many people from different cultural backgrounds,” Senator McLucas said.
Projects Australia-wide will range from sporting activities to arts and cultural performances and workshops, with grants funded in every state and territory.
Some of the successful applicant organisations include migrant resource centres, multicultural service agencies, educational institutions, community groups and welfare organisations.
A list of successful 2013-14 applicants is available at: www.immi.gov.au/living-in-australia/